Stuff to do for kids of all ages this summer
We reckon we've nailed it - we've found activities for every age this summer. Read on for the best of experiences, battles, outdoor cinema and dinos and more in Warks in July and August 2021
Dinosaur World Live, Coventry, 15 July – 1 Aug
So this is technically one for the kids but who doesn’t want to pretend they’re in Jurassic Park (preferably with Chris Pratt, swoon). Life-size dinosaurs are brought to life by puppetry in Coventry’s new Assembly Garden – and of course every little one’s favourite flesh-eating giant T-Rex is the boss in town. This might sound a bit scary for youngsters but is suitable for ages three up so the whole family can go along.
RSC Costume Craft Workshop, July and August
Something for you and your budding little fashionistas to do together, and where better than on the absolutely gorgeous Bancroft Terrace outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This craft event is inspired by costume making techniques and the world of The Comedy of Errors – which is coming to the RSC’s new garden theatre this summer. Have a go at printing, making giant paper chains or even disguises.
Outdoor cinemas, various locations
Singing along to The Lion King sounds like a good day out to us. Yes, we’re going to say it’s a treat for them but we all know why we are really going. There’s also Grease and The Greatest Showman on over the holidays at Warwick Racecourse. In Hatton they are going dinosaur mad with outdoor showings of the Jurassic Park movies and The Good Dinosaur. There’s also a 50s diner and a bar so you can have ‘essential’ supplies delivered to your car. Amen to that.
A Dafternoon of Fun with Knight Sir Louis, Kenilworth, 17 July
We’re big fans of Kenilworth Books. Not only is it an awesome indie bookstore, but they put on brilliant events, like this one. A ‘daft afternoon’ to keep your kids busy along with the help of Knight Sir Louis. It’s being held to celebrate Myles and Greg McLeod’s latest book, The Kingdom of Puzzles, so expect plenty of conundrums, some art for your little ones to get stuck into and live-drawing outside the shop.
Young driver experiences, British Motor Museum, 17 July and 7 Aug
If the thought of letting your little whirlwind loose behind the wheel already fills you with dread, this might be the perfect time to quash some fears. Let a trained driving instructor teach them the basics on a realistic road setting complete with traffic lights and manoeuvre zones. And the best bit? You can watch at a safe distance and cheer them on. There’s also a fire engine complete with flashing lights and sirens for them to have a go at driving. Suitable for ages 10 to 17.
Bosworth Battlefield, Bosworth, 22 July and 18 Aug
Young squires can don their armour and learn to fight like a knight with Sir John of Bosworth no less. Along with an archery demonstration there’s the chance to have a go at sword fighting, yikes! Afterwards go for a wander around the battlefields which are steeped in history and just gorgeous to boot.
War of the Roses, Warwick, 24 July-5 Sept
Let your wannabe knights support the House of York or the House of Lancaster and cheer until their voices go hoarse (fingers crossed!) as the rival houses clash in battle. This fun-filled show includes jousting, horseback riding, sword fighting and stunt riding that will make you cover your eyes (or that’s what I chose to do when I went along). The Zog interactive trail is also running until the start of September to keep them extra busy.
Foundry Wood, Leamington, multiple dates
If you’ve never been to Foundry Wood before then you’re missing out. This magical community woodland is perfect for adventurers to explore anyway but did you know it also hosts a number of workshops? Book your budding Bear Grylls into the forest school sessions to learn den building and tree climbing or for something slightly more low-key there’s singing and story-telling sessions.
Call of the Wild, Coventry, 8 Aug
Kids aged 11 to 17 from Nuneaton, Coventry and Bedworth can be at one with nature and learn basic bushcraft techniques like den building and fire lighting at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve. Teaching kids how to light their own fires, what could possibly go wrong? This is happening come rain or shine so even if it’s chucking it down you get some peace and quiet (yippee!)
Umberslade Adventure, Hockley Heath
Are those long weeks stretching out ahead? Give your little terrors something to look forward to with a day going wild at Umberslade. There’s the low ropes or commando courses for them to tire themselves out on along with archery sessions and a zip line to whizz across. If being in the great outdoors is your thing too then take the tent and spend a night camping before another day exploring the nature trails.
Heartbreak Productions, various locations and dates
There’s a whole heap of exciting shows coming to Coventry and Warwickshire this summer. Catch David William’s bestseller Mr Stink in Solihull or Coventry. There’s also Wonder With Grimm being shown in Coventry, which tells adapted versions of Grimm’s fairy tales through storytelling, magic, puppetry and music. And you can take your own picnic to any show, cheers to that.
Bear Grylls Adventure, Birmingham
If Bear Grylls isn’t every child’s hero, he’s probably dad’s, so send them both off for a day of high ropes climbing, assault courses, shark diving, iFly sky diving and archery. While you are enjoying a bit of time off why not book into the Santai Spa just over the road at Resorts World? Sounds like the perfect day to us.
Magic Alley, Stratford
Calling all little witches and wizards! Magic Alley has recently launched an enchanted treasure trail – including a life-size unicorn and some dragons no less – and promises a day of the mythical and magical to keep even the busiest youngsters happy. If you’re into the weird and wonderful too then make sure you stop at Magic Alley’s Emporium before you leave – just try and stop the kids throwing a tantrum when you tell them they don’t need a crystal ball.